Homes for Sale in Greenport
Greenport Village is part of the town of Southold and has become one of the most tourist-friendly destinations on Long Island. Greenport’s historical background began when colonists from Connecticut settled in present-day Southold in the 1600s. Over time Greenport was shaped by a handful of maritime industries, most notably the whaling, shipbuilding, and oyster industries. As the oyster industry diminished, Greenport shifted gears, embracing tourism as the main stimulant of the local economy. As of 2012, Greenport has a population of 2,200 individuals, 51% of whom are men. The median resident age is 40.7 years and the median household income is $47,779.
Two schools compose the Greenport school system; Greenport Elementary and Greenport High School. For the most recently completed school year, 2013-2014, both schools received a designation of ‘good standing.’ This is the highest designation available and means that the schools have been able to successfully meet all standards set forth by the New York State Department of Education.
As Greenport is very focused on tourism, there are copious activities with which to immerse yourself. Activities include golfing, visiting wineries, or spending time at a local farm. Golf, both miniature and competitive, can be played at Island’s End Golf Club, which features a 6,700 yard course, and Tick Tock Miniature Golf, which is great for kids, as it also has a game room and snack bar. Kontokosta Winery is the perfect place to attend a wine tasting and enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean; it is the only winery on the Northfork that offers waterfront views on the Long Island Sound on a 62-acre vineyard. Sep’s Farmstand is a great place to visit to invest in locally grown and harvested produce.
Other great places to visit right in the village are the 1840 school house museum, Blacksmith’s Shop, Camera Obscura, East End Seaport Museum, Greenport Jail and Police Museum, Mitchell Park, Stirling Historical Society Museum-Ireland House, and Village Cinema, amongst others. Visiting these locations, especially the museums gives insight into the dynamic beginning and history of Greenport that contoured the town to the present day. The Blacksmith’s Shop, for example, helps to illustrate how instrumental a local blacksmith was to the village of Greenport during its earlier history. The Stirling Historical Society Museum, named after the late Greenport resident Margaret E. Ireland, is designed to replicate the vernacular style that was prevalent in the town during the 18th century, featuring key design elements and artifacts showcasing the town’s history, which was deeply entrenched in the whaling and oyster industries. Mitchell Park is a four acre oasis in the village center, featuring a carousel, camera obscura, ice rink, and marina. A camera obscura effectively shows what happens when a dark room is fitted with a hole on one wall: a projection of the space outside of that hole is eventually propelled onto the opposite wall with an inverted view of the actual layout of things outside. It is an interesting concept that one must really witness to truly comprehend!
Greenport provides visitors and residents alike with the ability to enjoy the atmosphere of parks, preserves, and beaches. Greenport parks and preserves include Arshamomaque Pond Preserve, Dam Pond Maritime Preserve, Goldsmith’s Inlet Park, Mill Road Preserve, and Norman L. Klipp Park. Beaches include Orient Beach State Park, McCabe’s Beach, Kenney’s Beach, Goose Creek Beach, and Fifth Street Beach and Park. These locations enable the masses to explore the marshes, wetlands, and beaches that are plentiful within the area. They are perfect tourist attractions.